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Templates and Default Arguments

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  • Last Updated : 29 May, 2017

Default parameters for templates in C++:
Like function default arguments, templates can also have default arguments. For example, in the following program, the second parameter U has the default value as char.




#include<iostream>
using namespace std;
  
template<class T, class U = char> class A
{
public:
    T x;
    U y;
};
  
int main()
{
    A<char> a;
    A<int, int> b;
    cout<<sizeof(a)<<endl;
    cout<<sizeof(b)<<endl;
    return 0;
}

Output: (char takes 1 byte and int takes 4 bytes)
2
8

Also, similar to default function arguments, if one template parameter has a default argument, then all template parameters following it must also have default arguments. For example, the compiler will not allow the following program:




#include<iostream>
using namespace std;
  
template<class T = char, class U, class V = int> class // Error
   // members of A
};
  
int main()
{
    

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